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Table 4 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children whose carer is their birth mother: Selected outcomes by Indigenous status of mother in the WA Midwives’ Notification System and WAACHS, Western Australia (a)

From: Adjusting for under-identification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander births in time series produced from birth records: Using record linkage of survey data and administrative data sources

  Mother’s Indigenous status
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in both WAACHS and Midwives’ Notification System Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in WAACHS only Non-Indigenous in both WAACHS and Midwives’ Notification System
Proportion living in rented accommodation (Per cent (95% CI)) 78.5 59.4 58.5
(75.6-81.1) (50.7-68.2) (49.2-67.9)
Average number of days absent from school (95% CI) 43.3 22.5 23.5
(40.2-46.3) (18.8-26.1) (19.2-27.9)
Average test scores (centiles (95% CI))—
Visual-spatial reasoning 45.8 49.7 52.0
(44.7-47.0) (47.7-51.7) (49.6-54.4)
Vocabulary 32.0 40.7 38.7
(30.8-33.3) (38.4-43.0) (34.5-42.8)
Proportion of low birth weight (<2500 grams) 13.3 10.5 9.9
(12.0-14.6) (7.0-14.0) (7.3-12.5)
Proportion of low gestational age (<37 weeks) (Per cent (95% CI)) 11.0 8.6 7.5
(9.9-12.2) (5.5-11.7) (5.2-9.8)
  1. (a) Estimates based on 3,820 WAACHS children whose primary carer was their mother and who were linked to their birth records.